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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic ChurchInquiry, Thought, and Expression$
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J. Patrick Hornbeck II and Michael A. Norko

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257621.001.0001

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God Sets the Lonely in Families

God Sets the Lonely in Families

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More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Patricia Beattie Jung

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the theological and ethical landscape of arguments about same-sex marriage. It examines in turn each of the arguments proposed by the Vatican and the U.S. bishops in their opposition to marriage equality and finds them insufficient to justify the church’s endorsement of civil discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. It demonstrates that homosexual couples can be open to the gift of life, that homosexual activity can be genuinely complementary, and that homosexual acts can be natural in the normative sense. It presents descriptions of multiple Catholic perspectives on marriage equality and arguments for why it will not harm marriage, the dignity of persons, or children. It provides several rationales for promoting marriage equality, including its advantages to couples, families, and society in general—the same advantages that accrue when heterosexual marriage is promoted. The chapter includes a response from the perspective of an African American Protestant minister and ethicist. The response notes the rising ecumenical consensus on matters of marriage, procreation, and homosexuality.

Keywords:   same-sex marriage, Vatican, Catholics, marriage equality, civil discrimination, gays, lesbians, homosexual couples

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